Kurukshetra rape-murder: No injuries on youth’s body, cops suspect suicide

The police are yet to establish whether the two were kidnapped by goons, murdered for honour or committed suicide, which they believe could be the case.

chandigarh Updated: Jan 19, 2018 13:11 IST
Neeraj Mohan
Neeraj Mohan
Hindustan Times, Kurukshetra
The bodies of both the teens were found along a canal but from different places — around 100km apart.(AFP)

The youth, who was suspected of raping and killing a 15-year-old girl of Haryana’s Kurukshetra, could have committed suicide as his body did not have any signs of struggle or injuries, police investigating the case have said.

However, the 50 policemen of the Kurukshetra police, working round the clock in eight teams, are yet to establish whether the two were kidnapped by goons, murdered for honour or committed suicide, which they believe could be the case.

Both the teens, of Jhansa village in Kurukshetra and studying in the same school, were reported missing on January 9. Three days later, the brutally raped and murdered body of the girl was found along a canal from nearby Jind district’s Safidon.

On January 12, the body of the youth, who was accused in the case, was found along the same canal, from Kurukshetra district.

Postmortem suggests suicide

The postmortem report of the youth suggests that drowning seems the main cause of death as there were no major internal and external injuries spotted on the body.

Kurukshetra SP Abhishek Garg said as per the postmortem report, the possibility of suicide cannot be ruled out as the report suggests that “he was not struggling to escape, as generally happens in the case of murder”.

However, to confirm the suicide, police will have to wait longer as the chemical analysis of the viscera, which is done at FSL Madhuban, generally takes about a week, a police officer associated with investigation said.

Hinting that the girl too could have committed suicide, SP Garg said her body was found on the banks of the same canal, from which the body of the youth was later recovered. The canal flows from their village and they were also seen together near the canal on January 9.

Forensic expert doubts girl’s suicide

While the police is investigating the case from suicide angle also, medical experts said that as per the postmortem report of the girl, it cannot be a suicide case.

“There were 19 injury marks on the body of the girl and even there were serious internal injuries inside her private parts. This is enough to prove sexual assault,” said Dr S K Dhattarwal, head of department of forensic and medicine, who conducted the postmortem of the girl.

He also raised questions as to how the body could have travelled about 120 km and crossed several bridges, if she had committed suicide with him.

The police have failed to provide the photos of the crime scene and other things required for further examinations.

“As of now, we cannot say anything. We are investigating the case from different angles. It will take more time to find out the people behind the crime,” Kurukshetra DSP Dheeraj Singh said.

First Published: Jan 19, 2018 10:57 IST